Children and Adolescents: Television, Computers, and Media Viewing

Ellen Ann Wartella*, Alexis Re Lauricella, D. P. Cingel, S. Connell

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Television and computers have been related to aspects of mental health, especially for children and adolescents. In this article, we discuss ways in which media have been indirectly implicated in mental health such as the links between food marketing and obesity, violence and aggression, and prosocial behavior and the role these have on mental health. Next we explore the more direct effects such as scary images and fear, early television viewing and attention problems, and social networking site use and addiction. In conclusion we discuss the related US policies that have been developed to protect youth in these area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Attention
  • Children
  • Computers
  • Fear
  • Internet
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Obesity
  • Public policy
  • Social network sites
  • Television
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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